South of Scotland MSP Joan McAlpine today welcomed news that several projects in Dumfries and Galloway are to benefit from the latest round of funding allocations from the Legacy 2014 Active Places Fund.
Further funding of £2.4 million will benefit 45 more projects across Scotland in the third round of funding from this national Legacy 2014 programme to ensure that the Commonwealth Games secures a lasting legacy in Scotland.
The Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport, Shona Robison MSP, today visited Dumfries and Galloway which will receive support for four more projects in the area. These include a new water sports facility to introduce young people and adults to canoeing and kayaking, a new purpose built skate park designed for use by scooters, skateboards and BMXs, and a new shared path between Dalbeattie and 7Stanes mountain bike centre as well as funding for Maxwelltown High School to purchase gym equipment.
Speaking at the School, the Minister said:
“The Commonwealth Games is Scotland’s biggest ever sporting and cultural event and I want to see a lasting Games legacy across the whole of Scotland in the years to come.
“I am delighted to see the enthusiastic and imaginative ways that people are embracing the Games. From upgrading existing facilities to taking on new challenges, the whole community is coming together to deliver fantastic projects that are helping people become more active.
SNP MSP Joan McAlpine commented:
“Here, in Dumfries and Galloway, six Community Sport Hubs are now up and running including Maxwelltown High Sports Hub. Fifty per cent of the 150 planned sport hubs across all local authorities will be based in schools, demonstrating a commitment to young people and improving their opportunities for physical fitness and I am delighted the Active Places Fund is able to further support the facilities that will be available here.
“In the last five years, Dumfries and Galloway has received grants for 125 projects with local sports clubs, voluntary and community organisations, community councils and schools to cover everything from coaching costs, taster sessions and open days to equipment purchase, sports kits and venue hire."
Following her visit to Maxwelltown High School, the Minister went to Dumfries and Galloway College to meet young people undertaking The Princes Trust employability initiative, part of the Scotland’s Best 2014 Legacy programme funded by the Scottish Government and delivered via Skills Development Scotland.
The project offers an employability qualification and quality volunteering, training and work placement opportunities, for 1,000 unemployed 16-24 year olds, designed to ensure young people have the skills employers want and the confidence to take that next step in their future. So far, 500 young people have been supported through the initiative.
The Minister for Commonwealth Games and Sport has been visiting Dumfries and Galloway today to see a number of Legacy 2014 projects and programmes already benefiting local people. As well as her visits to Maxwelltown High School and Dumfries and Galloway College, the minister also visited Johnstonebridge Community Development Trust which is developing its own community sports hub, bringing together community, leisure, sport and education facilities on the same site.
The Minister also visited Gracefield Arts Centre to discuss the cultural legacy of the Dumfries and Galloway Legacy 2014 plan particularly Spring Fling which offers a year round community programme of activities and workshops for schools and the local community.